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Quiksilver Pro Day 5: Dane Reynolds Goes Nuclear
By Casey Koteen
After days of rain, finally the clouds parted, the sun shined, and it shone right down on Dane Reynolds. Up against event favorite Joel Parkinson in quarterfinal number three, Dane put on the best performance of his WCT career. And to do it against Parko in his hometown, well, it was heavy. But if anyone can appreciate an amazing display of surfing, it's an Aussie crowd, and they let out a solid cheer for the Ventura kid as he walked up the beach. "I was surprised they cheered for me," said Dane. "I thought I might get booed or something."
Reynolds had Parko on the ropes halfway through the heat, and then with priority, he took off on a medium sized wave, which looked like a tactical mistake at the onset. But it was a grower, and he unleashed a vicious, lightning fast two-turn combo on the outside, then wiggled into a double up barrel. He pumped inside it, but a long section crumbled down the line, and half the crowd looked away. Somehow, Dane popped out of the whitewash what seemed like seconds later, and the crowd screamed horse. It earned a 9.93, putting his heat score up to 19.2, and putting Parko deep into combo land.
Things looked bleak for Parko, but there was still time to pull off something big. Parko found a big drainer behind the rock, and pulled in for a solid barrel. But he looked a bit conservative—at least compared to Reynolds—on the rest of the wave. He blasted the lip a few times afterward and got an 8.9. A big air on the end section perhaps would've put it into high nine territory with this new judging criteria, but who knows. Parko had a great heat by most standards, posting a very respectable 17.47. Dane just went berserker, that's all.
People where throwing around all sorts of superlatives after the heat, and they were well deserved. For a while, Dane's held the unofficial title of the best surfer in the world. Until Jordy Smith's part in Modern Collective came out, that is. The popular tide seemed to swing Jordy's way after that. After that heat though, Dane may have snatched the title back. So, who's better? Well, we'll get a dream match up tomorrow (or whenever the comp resumes); a Dane vs. Jordy semi. It should be a banger, and it's pretty rad to consider that one of them will be in the finals.
It was a good day overall for Ventura and the 805 area code, as central coaster Bobby Martinez took out Kai Otton in the previous quarter. And in the first quarter, Taj Burrow kept Australian hopes alive, getting the best of an on fire Adriano De Souza. In the last quarter, Jordy Smith took out Bede Durbidge in a close one.
The two biggest shocks came earlier in the day, with Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater being sent home in round four. Slater fell to Jordy Smith, while Fanning was bested by Kai Otton. With the swell still holding up well this evening, there's a good chance the event will finish tomorrow. Check back here for all the latest.
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.86 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.50
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.53 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 10.60
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) 16.06 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.43
Heat 4: Kai Otton (AUS) 15.76 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.57
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.44 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.23
Heat 6: Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.63 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 10.33
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.97 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 9.17
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.10 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 13.17
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.70 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.40
QF 2: Bobby Martinez (USA) 16.66 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 10.64
QF 3: Dane Reynolds (USA) 19.20 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.47
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.10 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.77
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS:
SF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Bobby Martinez (USA)
SF 2: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
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